With the start of the 2015 NFL free-agency period set to begin on Tuesday, I posted my top-50 2015 NFL free-agency rankings as well as my positional rankings earlier today.
Over the course of the next several weeks, I will continue to make daily updates to our free-agent rankings as players are released, signed, etc.
Here are our 2015 NFL free-agent rankings of available players (Sept. 1st age in parenthesis):
1. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions (28)
Selected as a First-Team AP All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, Suh is a disruptive interior pass-rusher with 36.0 career sacks over his five seasons. In addition, he graded out as PFF's second-best defensive tackle against the run last year. It's rare for a player with Suh's ability to hit the free-agent market in the prime of his career.
2. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers (25)
Cobb, who turns 25 in August, posted career numbers across the board last season with 91 receptions, 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. Reports are that Cobb is seeking $12 million per year. Cobb is a versatile and dynamic player, but his best fit would be to re-sign with the Packers.
3. Devin McCourty, S, New England Patriots (28)
Only 27 years old, the converted cornerback is one of the best coverage safeties in the league, but it's unclear whether he'll reach the free-agent market on March 10th. With the Patriots using their franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, it's possible that they are close to a long-term deal with McCourty. Provided the Pats don't re-sign before March 10th, demand for McCourty's services will be high.
4. Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos (27)
Not a great blocker (how many tight ends are these days?) and durability has been an issue (has missed multiple games each season), Thomas has the athleticism to create mismatches.
5. DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys (27)
Not only did Murray lead the NFL in rushing, but he had nearly 500 more rushing yards than Le'Veon Bell, who finished second in the league. The Offensive Player of the Year, Murray broke Emmitt Smith's single-season rushing record and has averaged 4.8 yards per carry over his four-year career. It was his first full 16-game season, however, and Murray had 497 touches including the playoffs last season.
6. Jerry Hughes, DE, Buffalo Bills (27)
With Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul getting the franchise tag, Hughes is the top edge rusher to hit the open market (assuming that he doesn't agree to a long-term deal with the Bills before March 10th). Struggling in his first three seasons with the Colts, Hughes has posted 9.5 sacks in back-to-back seasons.
7. Byron Maxwell, CB, Seattle Seahawks (27)
With Richard Sherman on the other side, Maxwell saw plenty of action his way and played well. The Seahawks would certainly like to re-sign the 6-foot corner that recently turned 27 years old, but he will have plenty of suitors, which should drive up his price tag to roughly $10 million per season.
8. Pernell McPhee, DE/OLB, Baltimore Ravens (26)
Playing only 48.8 percent of the team's defensive snaps last season, the versatile McPhee had 7.5 sacks and 64 quarterback pressures. The Baltimore Sun described McPhee as a "luxury item the Ravens probably can't afford" and expect McPhee to fetch up to $10 million per year on the free market.
9. Jason Worilds, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers (27)
Worilds, who turned 27 at the beginning of the month, has a total of 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons and is one of the best pass-rushers to hit the open market. Worilds also tied for third among 3-4 OLBs in run-stop percentage (7.1) per PFF.
10. Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina Panthers (27)
It will be interesting to see what happens with Hardy on the free market. Over the past three seasons, Hardy has 27.0 sacks in 32 games and will turn 27 years old this summer. That said, he played in only one game last season and remains on the commissioner's exempt list and could be facing league discipline in 2015 from domestic-violence charges that have since been dropped.
11. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (27)
After tearing his ACL in 2013, Maclin signed a one-year prove-it type of contract and he posted career-high numbers of 85 catches and 1,318 yards with 10 touchdowns.
12. Brandon Flowers, CB, San Diego Chargers (29)
Signing a one-year deal with the Chargers in 2014, Flowers had a bounce-back season. Flowers may lack size at 5-foot-9, but he has the versatility to play both inside and outside.
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